Testimonials from some of Andy Manson customers -
Andy Manson Blarge
When I received my Manson Blarge two years ago I was impressed with how responsive it was, right out of the box. I play it every day and perform with it regularly.
Every time I pick it up I am always pleasantly surprised with how big and open the tone is and how fun and easy it is to play.
Andy is one of the best builders in the world today and his aesthetics, designs, and execution are top notch. Just take a look at some pictures of his instruments; or better yet, buy one! You'll be glad you did!
Andy Manson F Style Mandolin
Andy Manson Bosun's Guitar b. 2001 It began in the close confines of a yacht cabin. Inspired by some rather good wine and music, Andy suggested a smaller-bodied guitar would be more appropriate aboard the boat. Pretty slick, eh? After a little more wine it was somehow agreed that Andy would build said guitar. The result was the Manson Bosun's guitar which I've now had for over ten years. From first sight it was obviously something special and has, without doubt, become my prize possession. This small-bodied full scale nylon string parlour guitar with cedar top, rare old figured cuban mahogany back & sides and gorgeous koa binding is truly a thing of beauty. The choice of materials, lush oil finish and restraint from embellishment reveal nothing but the sheer outstanding quality of craftsmanship in both construction and design. Added to this, it's proved to be remarkably stable over the years, and apart from regular restringing, no adjustment or alteration has ever been necessary....rare in my experience. Soundwise it is equally impressive with an extraordinarily even response over the entire register, very focussed bass and surprising overall volume & projection for its size. Many accomplished players who visit my workshop have unanimously agreed on the exceptional qualities of this guitar, and despite numerous requests to borrow, record with or buy I refuse to part with it......... things now just wouldn't feel right without it being close at hand. It is and always has been a real pleasure to play. No boat should be without one................. Bill Puplett - Luthier The Guitar Workshop Harrow Weald U.K.
Andy Manson Bluebird and Tenor Guitar
A young lady came up to me one night after I was playing
one of the guitars you have recently delivered to me and said
" I would just like to say that is the most beautiful guitar I have ever seen."
I thanked her and went on to say "Yes it is, but it is more than that,
it is my inspiration. It sings beautifully to me and it does so because
Andy made it to my specifications."
For example; It is a short scale guitar. After years of struggling with
standard length guitars, I am now able to be more flexible and consistent
and expressive in my playing. The body size is now manageable.
It has a lovely low action,and it is light and very responsive.
All in all Andy's attention to detail and dedication to his craft is of the
So, I have a six string and a tenor guitar.
It is my time and the window of opportunity to work on a new CD has arisen
because of Andy's skills in providing the instruments.
Finally, without these very special instruments I think the circular
unproductive motion would have continued to the end of my time.
Andy Manson Bouzouki and Blarge
It was back in 1995 when I walked into a small local music shop here
in Ireland that I saw my first Andy Manson Bouzouki.
The shop was selling it 2nd hand for a private customer. I had only been
playing bouzouki about 6 months at the time, but there was something
special about this Manson sound. I went back to the same shop two
days later to buy it but sadly it was sold the day before!
It was not ment to be I guess....
My musical years passed by, and I played bouzoukis from other very
good makers, but my mind always went back to the one that got away..... I was very lucky indeed to have two great local musicians
Cyril O Donoghue & Jerry Mac Namara, who both play Manson bouzoukis,
to remind me of what I was missing out on, so in 2008 I contacted Andy
to make me an 8 string bouzouki of my own.
At last I have the sound I longed after for all those years. A sweet, rich tone
with such an even balance and volume, and its so easy to play my left hand
just dances up and down the fretboard. It just gets better and better
as the years fly by.
The thing about Andys instruments is that they dont just sound great,
they also look fantastic! The wood from the forests has transformed into
a one-off piece of art. His workmanship is second to none, and the fact that he is a true gentleman
to deal with makes you feel that you can pass on any ideas you have for
your new instrument...That you too have become part of the build.
I cant take it out of its case without someone asking about it! I love my bouzouki so much so that late last year I ordered a 10 string Blarge
from Andy, which I received 2 weeks ago, yet another masterpeice! My only regret is that I didnt contact him back in 1995!! All the best, Seanie McGrath, Co.Clare, Ireland.